5 plant-based antimicrobials fight Salmonella on dog food

After three days of storage, all five plant-based antimicrobials reduced Salmonella’s survival on dog food compared to untreated kibble.

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Five antimicrobial chemicals extracted from plants reduced the survival of Salmonella Schwarzengrund on dry dog food in an experiment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationclassifies all five compounds as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), meaning the antimicrobials have substantial history of consumption for food use by a significant number of consumers. Read more.


Wall, Tim, and Tim Wall. “5 Plant-Based Antimicrobials Fight Salmonella on Dog Food.” PetfoodIndustry.com, PetfoodIndustry.com, 15 July 2019, http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/8335-plant-based-antimicrobials-fight-salmonella-on-dog-food.

Microbiome studies open new areas for pet food nutrition

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Pet food and human food research on the microbiome – the collection of gut bacteria unique to each person, dog, cat or other animal – has been exploding in recent years. Actually, each living organism and environment has an overall microbiome; it’s not just confined to the gastrointestinal (GI) system. But much of the research happening now focuses on the gut microbiome and its surprising link to a host of conditions and diseases, not to mention its impact on nutrition. Read more.


Phillips-Donaldson, Debbie, and Debbie Phillips-Donaldson. “Microbiome Studies Open New Areas for Pet Food Nutrition.” PetfoodIndustry.com, PetfoodIndustry.com, 25 June 2019, http://www.petfoodindustry.com/blogs/7-adventures-in-pet-food/post/8260-microbiome-studies-open-new-areas-for-pet-food-nutrition.

90% of 524 cases of dog heart disease involved grain-free

Between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM, some involving multiple pets.

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Ninety-three percent of the 524 reported cases of a specific heart disease in dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), involved dog foods made with peas and/or lentils, while 90% of the afflicted dogs had eaten diets labeled as grain-free. A smaller proportion contained potatoes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released that information and more in an update to their investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to certain grain-free dog foods. Between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM, some involving multiple pets. Read more.


Wall, Tim, and Tim Wall. “90% Of 524 Cases of Dog Heart Disease Involved Grain-Free.” PetfoodIndustry.com, PetfoodIndustry.com, 28 June 2019, http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/8298-of-524-cases-of-dog-heart-disease-involved-grain-free.